Somerset County Jail – Somerset, PA

Somerset County Jail is in Somerset County, PA and is the correctional facility for this region. Are you looking for somebody in jail at Somerset County Jail? This page will tell you about anything a person needs to know about Somerset County Jail: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And much much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to give you information that you need to make going to jail easier. If you have a question, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any tips or comments that would be beneficial to others is welcome.

General Information

Address

Somerset County Jail
127 E Fairview St # 100
Somerset, PA 15501

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 814-445-1500
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Has somebody that’s been arrested and you want to locate them?

In order to search who is in jail at Somerset County Jail you should click on their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Somerset County Jail Inmate Search has information on persons who have been arrested, which includes status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can also find information about anybody arrested and processed or released in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to locate the information more quickly if you have the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for may be incarcerated at a different jail you should look here, too: Other Jails in Pennsylvania


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing picture, is the photograph that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a side picture. Your full name and jail ID number will be on the photos, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested are on the website, or you can see them at the Somerset County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to input the prisoner’s full name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot taken off of the Somerset County Jail site? This may not be possible, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about how to get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail is set by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you are required to agree to go to your court date, and until that day you are not allowed to leave town.

In most cases, inmates can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to return to the jail every day after work, or you may get to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount all depends on how serious your crime is. You will have to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was set in order to be released from jail. If you don’t go to court, the person that paid your bail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Somerset County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, its really easy. To start with, you need to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail will not take a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum charge of $100. This will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman may request to use your assets as collateral for the bond.

If you need a bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

Have you ever used a bail bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your full name, address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will allow you to use the phone so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process can take anywhere between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the faster you can post bail, the faster you will get discharged. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if a magistrate needs to determine how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and have a date of your release, you should expect to get discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell the intake officer that you think there is a warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if there is one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you are not late to report. Only bring allowed items when you go, like a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be entered in a log of visitors as an Authorized visit. Each visitor is required to provide identification. Visitors arriving late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Somerset County Jail visitation procedures can change, so you should visit the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are a lot more expensive than regular phone calls. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: 814-445-1500

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You cannot use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Do not mail anything in a box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and examined by the jail staff, and the mail will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Somerset County Jail:

Somerset County Jail
127 E Fairview St # 100
Somerset, PA 15501

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Somerset County Jail
127 E Fairview St # 100
Somerset, PA 15501


The Somerset County Jail inmate mail policy can change, so it would be best to check the the Somerset County Jail website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have particular rights, the first of which is your right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to have a friend or family member find a lawyer when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the legal system. The quicker you get an attorney working on your situation, the better.

For more detailed information on how to find a lawyer, go to: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They have a file containing a docket and each of the motions, documents, and evidence in your case. You can access the records and documents in your court case using the Somerset County website, or at the Somerset County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records associated with your case are kept and available to you at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees from your case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge who presides over your case. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, like setting bail, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the judge will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember that you should ask to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you can review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check court records on the Somerset County court website or you are able to call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view this information on the website, but remember that you will not be able to see the precise address, rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file containing a court docket and all of the filings and documents filed in the court case. You are able to access your court records online, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to the Somerset County Courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you won’t be able to find out if that person had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments may make it easier for others.

    Click here to tell about all about it

    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Somerset County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in Somerset County Jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will settle into the routine that is set for you. You will get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6am, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, participate in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Somerset County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Somerset County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending money to someone in jail at Somerset County Jail is always changing, so we suggest that you visit the site when you send money to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Somerset County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Somerset County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Somerset County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever spent any time at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about your jail experience because other people will know what to expect.

    Things you can put in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


    Click here to review Somerset County Jail

    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Click here to tell about all about it

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to talk to somebody you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

    Post a message to people still locked up at Somerset County Jail


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  1. paula Vilone says:

    chad how do I send you monet there? Love mommy

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